Electronic Monitoring Systems Offer New Option for Tracking West Coast Groundfish Catches
Some vessels in the West Coast groundfish fleet will have the option of using cameras to monitor their catch beginning in 2021.
Two types of fishing vessels in the groundfish fishery can install cameras to monitor fishing activity and harvest instead of using human observers in the coming years. NMFS adopted the rule last week.
The final rule establishes standards for the video camera systems, which are typically activated automatically whenever fishing crews use equipment such as winches to haul in their gear.
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